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  • 2 Euro 2017, KM# 253, Finland, Republic, Finnish Nature
  • 2 Euro 2017, KM# 253, Finland, Republic, Finnish Nature
  • 2 Euro 2017, KM# 253, Finland, Republic, Finnish Nature, Package

Finland is one of the world's northernmost countries. Of world capitals, only Reykjavík lies more to the north than Helsinki. Finland is a country of thousands of lakes and islands — about 168,000 lakes and 179,000 islands. Its largest lake, Saimaa, is the fourth largest in Europe.

Similarly, Finland has a diverse and extensive range of fauna. There are at least sixty native mammalian species, 248 breeding bird species, over 70 fish species, and 11 reptile and frog species present today, many migrating from neighboring countries thousands of years ago. Large and widely recognized wildlife mammals found in Finland are the brown bear (the national animal), gray wolf, wolverine, and elk. Three of the more striking birds are the whooper swan, a large European swan and the national bird of Finland. The endangered Saimaa ringed seal, one of only three lake seal species in the world, exists only in the Saimaa lake system of southeastern Finland, down to only 300 seals today.

Issue date: 21.10.2017


Depicts the full moon on the lighthouse island of Harmaja, a crow gazing from its perch, with the Mint of Finland’s logo (lion) on the right and FI as an abbreviation for country of issue on the left, date below. The outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

The design is based on the winning shot in the Blue and White special category of the Nature Photograph of the Year contest. The winning photograph was shot by Kari Auvinen.

The crow symbolises the modern Finnish character – an outwardly common but intelligent bird that reacts flexibly to new situations.



A geographical map of Western Europe spans the outer ring and inner core on the right side of the coin. The inscription 2 EURO is superimposed over the map of Europe, with the numeral “2” located in an open field representing the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

12 stars are located on the right side of the outer ring, with six stars atop the map of Europe and six stars below it; six vertical stripes cut across the inner core of the coin, visually connecting the upper and lower star segments.

Luc Luycx, a designer at the Royal Belgian Mint, designed the Euro’s common reverse; his initials, LL, are seen on the right side of the design, just under the “O” in “EURO.”



The edge reads SUOMI FINLAND (the name of the country in Finnish and Swedish, its two official languages) and contains three lion heads


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Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Cupronickel
Center Nickel Brass
Weight 8.5 g
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint of Finland

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